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Blue Dahlia (In the Garden #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  55,766 Ratings  ·  1,078 Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes the first novel of the In the Garden trilogy. Against the backdrop of a house steeped in history and a thriving new gardening business, three women unearth the memories of the past and uncover a dangerous secret.

A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published November 2004 by Jove (first published January 1st 2004)
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Aug 24, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
In Nora Roberts's Blue Dahlia, she introduced to three women who came together to work in a garden nursery in rural Tennessee. First, there's Stella Rothchild, a recent young widow with two young sons have moved back to her hometown to be closer to her family. She met Roz Harper, who owned the Harper House and ran the flowery nursery. She wasn't intimated by her, since she tried to escape the ghosts of the past. As she settled down into her new life, she met expectant young mother Hayley and for ...more
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Not enough story. Not enough plot. Characters were nice people but not compelling enough for a story.

My mind kept wandering. A lot of conversation about ordinary things. Characters did not interest or intrigue me. Stella likes to organize and manage things. Logan is creative and artistic with his landscaping but appears disorganized in other things. I wasn’t drawn to the relationship. The sex scenes didn’t do anything for me.

The plot surrounding the ghost was not well developed and not
One review said that next to the ghosty atmosphere and romance, this novel also contains lots of gardening tips.

I don't really do flowers or nature. I mean, I like green. As, maybe, a wallpaper. Or pullovers when children wear them. We used to have a green bird, too. Sweet thing. Obnoxiously loud.

For f-cks sake, I'm probably the only human being, next to Bree's sex-addicted boyfriend in Desperate Housewives, who killed a cactus. In cold blood.

I'm a cruel, evil person and I get crazy obsessed
♡Karlyn P♡
Started off great, even made me cry after the first few chapters. Then the story moved ahead a few years and it went downhill from there. Just slow, touchy-feely fluff in a small southern town. That may appeal to many, but it became boring for me.
Karen Syed
This one is a keeper. It's one of those books that I don't think I would have normally read, but I was going on a trip and needed an unabridged audio for a long trip. I am totally pleased with the end result. Blue Dahlia is a fun and invigorating read. Logan is a great hero, and Stella is a delightful thorn in his side.

When Stella's husband dies in a freak accident, she is forced to take on a new type of life. She moves back to her birthplace in Tennessee and takes a job at Harper House. Her ne
Dalia Azul… ¿Qué pensar después de leer este libro? Simplemente me encantó.

Primero que nada, y admitiendo que no soy una (gran) fan de la literatura rosa, considero este libro como sumamente dulce. Si, no puedo calificarlo con otro adjetivo. De una lectura extremadamente fácil y rápida, con personajes sencillos y trama (aunque también simple) solida.

Roberts no se equivocó al optar por los clásicos personajes que intentan no caer en una relación relativamente “difícil” por circunstancias similar
**2.5 stars**

Like the Bride Quartet, this book is more about women running a business and their friendship. Even the ghost was more important than the romance, which was lukewarm and not very exciting. I never got the impression that the hero and heroine even liked each other, so I'm not sure how they fell in love.

I'm not that interested in gardens so all the talk about plants bored me to death. If I had liked the main character, maybe I could have enjoyed the book more, but Stella was a control
Jul 27, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Stella Rothchild's life comes crashing down on her when her husband Kevin dies in a plane crash. Willing for a fresh start, she uproots her boys and takes them back to her home place of Memphis, Tennessee to be closer to her father and Stepmother. Stella goes to Harper house where she is hired on by lady of the house Rosalind Harper to work in her nursery In the Garden as a manager. Her only condition is that Stella and her children must live in Harper House for the first months of her employmen ...more
May 19, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very typical Nora Roberts, with a good friendship story, a new romance, a birth and a ghost. Stella is a newly widowed, mother of two boys who moves back to her hometown in Tennessee, looking for a fresh start and a safe new place for them to settle. She ends up at a garden nursery owned by Roz, a strong older woman who provides her with a satisfying job and a safe roof over their heads at Harper House.

It is well known that a harmless, female ghost who is very protective of children inhabits
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Nora Roberts books are a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Sure, she technically writes romance novels, but her books are always so well-researched you feel like you are actually learning something. Blue Dahlia is the first novel in her In the Garden series, and the gardener in me LOVES all the references she weaves into the story.

::: In the Garden :::

Blue Dahlia is the introduction to the story of three women who all work at a gardening store called (you guessed it) In the Garden. Roz Harper Ashb
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I liked the author's other series about an Inn, 3 brothers, a bookstore, etc. And now found a new favorite.

This was a pretty good start. And liked that the ghost character was introduced from the beginning and is mentioned again as the story gets going.

The characters you like and get a hint as to what their story will be in the next book. Plus Logan I think is one of my favorites. While he and Stella bicker and try to get along, he's at least honest but at the same time unsure of some things. A
Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stella Rothchild's world comes apart the night her husband dies in a plane crash, leaving her to raise their two boys alone. When Stella makes a fresh start a couple years later, she moves to the city of her birth, Memphis, Tennessee, to be closer to her father and stepmother. She takes a job at In the Garden, a garden center run by Roz Harper, an admirable woman 10 years older than Stella. Roz stipulates that Stella and her children must live in Harper House, her ancestral home, for the first f ...more
Jan 13, 2008 Tina rated it it was ok
Stella Rothschild's husband suddenly dies and she is left alone with two young sons. Devastated and afraid, Sarah grieves but eventually turns her attention toward the future. She moves from Michigan to start all over again in Memphis, the place where she was born and her father now lives. There she gets a job as a manager of a nursery/garden shop. She quickly becomes friends with Roz, the enigmatic owner of the shop, her new boss and owner of Harper house where Stella lives as a condition of he ...more
Amy Umlah
Ever since I was a teenager I've loved reading Nora ROberts books, the library I use has many of her standalone novels and I enjoyed them very much, but it's the trilogies that really capture my heart. This series was the first trilogy of her that I bought and read, this being my second time around reading this I realized again why I love her trilogies so much. There's something to be said about a book that can make you cry within the first 10 pages, and that is exactly what happened while readi ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Reen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
The story was okay and kept my interest but the characters, especially Stella, I just found annoying. She was just too tightly wound for me. The ending is what really disappointed me. Listening to it in the car, even my son said, "that's it? Is there a sequel? There are way to many loose ends here and I haven't even listened to the whole book!" That about sums it up!!
Apr 23, 2016 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one ticked along nicely, but wasn't particularly memorable. I did like the characters, but thought the love story aspect sudden and implausible, which was kind of annoying as she usually writes the coming together of characters so beautifully.

Again there is a ghost involved in the story ( sometimes her books seem a little 'samey'), but having said that, the type of sorrow the ghost is holding onto is new, and I did find it interesting. Quite why a mother would continue allowing her children
May 18, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't actually like romances very much but Nora Roberts has a talent for adding the supernatural into hers which make them great reading for me! This one was actually sufficiently spooky that I did not like to read it in bed at night. So having just finished it in the cold hard light of day I can say that I enjoyed the story, the characters, the haunting and even the romance. The sex scenes reminded me of Eve and Roarke but I guess that is not surprising. Another good book from an amazingly pr ...more
I was surprised by how much I liked this one as there were some rough spots. I really liked the women's friendships. I liked the 3 decades that they spanned, each at a different spot in their lives, yet they could relate to the other and give support where needed. By the end I loved the little family that was built.

I loved all the action around the garden center. It really made me itch to get outside. However in my part of the world right now, Mother Nature is being cruel and sending inches up o
Jun 21, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it.......up until about the last 10 pages.....then it seemed to go at warp speed and almost fall flat. It felt like Roberts forgot she had a deadline and the jammed everything in and then abruptly ended the story. Could be it was supposed to lead into the next book of the trilogy but it felt too choppy to me. Of course I'll read the next part - maybe it will smooth things out? Aside from that I did like the character development and loved the easy and quick read so it fit ...more
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Another win for Nora Roberts. I loved this story. Stella is a strong single mother looking to get control of her life with her boys after the death of her husband and happen to find a great place to work. Three women become close and find a beautiful friendship but Stella also found herself falling for a handsome man that she thought was going to drive her crazy. He does in a good way and he is so good with the boys too. That's just the beginning and I can't wait to see how the story will contin ...more
Galena Sanz
El segundo libro que leo de Nora Roberts y que, en esta ocasión, pertenece a una trilogía. Es una novela que me recuerda a la anterior que leí (La testigo) en algunos detalle, en particular que la relación amorosa no ha terminado de convencerme y un final que me ha parecido un poco precipitado.

De todas maneras nos introduce en un mundo que me ha gustado mucho, una casa antigua con el fantasma de una mujer atormentada, tres amigas que son madres en sus diferentes estados (embarazada y bebé, niños
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Sometimes I like lite reading and my sister in law recommended Nora Roberts. I don't normally like her, but found her delightful in this trilogy. Yes, I hide my lite reading until I'm ready to post my thoughts, lol
I really liked the story. Review of this and the whole In the Garden trilogy to come. I combined the 3 book reviews for posting on Red Lily.
So. I got very different opinions of this thing through the reading. The 'plot' is good enough (ghost story). But it's basically nothing more than a very thin thread through the series to keep thing coherent and give a reason for the characters to meet together. From what I gathered, it's not really a series, it's more like one book separated in three. Which explains why it's so sloooooooow to start (you start 'hearing' about the intrigue around 55 % of the book ^^;;; )

Apart from that, I really
Kathy Warren
Mar 27, 2014 Kathy Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This read is wonderful fast paced and sure to keep you on your toes. Harper House has a ghost as a residence that songs to the children. Can't wait till I read the next sequel to find out who the Harper ghost is and what happens to the families who live there.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I really need to remember this book. I remember liking it a lot and being enchanted by the ending, wishing I had the sequel.
Sara ♥
I think I probably would have gotten more out of this book if I knew anything more about flowers than that they're colorful and pretty..... but I still really enjoyed it! Stella and Logan were pretty hilarious together. They drove each other crazy.... right up until they didn't.... haha! It was DEFINITELY a case of opposites attract! But I thought they fit really well together. And of course, in any story where one of the main characters has kids, it's important that they romantic partner be coo ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 20, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, owned, steamy
I'm not real big on gardens and really don't get the effort people put into them. Personally speaking, I mean. So the gardening aspect of this series isn't really much of a draw. Also, the Harper family ghost really bugs me, not least because we, the readers, are told her origin well enough to know her motives—and they aren't nearly benign.

Still, this is a relatively recent (in the last decade) Nora Roberts, so it was a good read and an enjoyable romance. Stella and Logan are the kind of opposit
Mar 11, 2008 Evaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Dec 31, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Dahlia is the first of the "In the Garden" Trilogy. Stella is making dinner one evening and arguing with her boys waiting for her husband to come home from a business trip. She hears on the news that a commuter plane has gone down and there are no survivors. The husband she loves and the father of her children are gone forever and her whole life turns upside down.

She moves back home with her father and stepmom in the hopes of starting over. Her stepmom introduces her to Rosalind Harper,
Apr 10, 2015 Ne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Toda a gente que me conhece aqui nas "nets" já sabe a minha opinião dos livros da Nora - são de ler e chorar por mais.
Este não é excepção, foi ler até à última página sem cansar!
Aqui inicia-se mais uma, das muitas, trilogias da escritora. Esta, em semelhança à Trilogia Irlandesa, tem uma entidade espirita, digamos assim, que vai ser a causadora dos distanciamento e difícil aproximação de Logan e Stella. Claro que as suas personalidades muitoooo opostas vão piorar tudo. Pessoalmente prefiro que e
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

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“Oh, for heaven's sake, Harper, I didn't just pee on the floor. My water broke.'
'What water?' He blinked, then went pale as a corpse. 'That water. Oh, God. Oh, Jesus. Oh, shit. Sit. Sit, or... I'll get-'
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